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Deuti K, Aengals R, Raha S, Debnath S, Sathiyaselvam P, Ganesh S R. On further specimens of the Pit viper Trimeresurus erythrurus (Cantor, 1839) (Squamata: Viperidae), with description of a topotype and range extension to the Godavari Basin, peninsular India. JAD 2021; 3 (1) :110-119
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1- Zoological Survey of India, Herpetology Division, 27 JL Nehru Road, Kolkata 700016, West Bengal, India , kaushikdeuti@gmail.com
2- Zoological Survey of India, Sunderbans Field Research Center, Canning 743329, West Bengal, India
3- Zoological Survey of India, Herpetology Division, 27 JL Nehru Road, Kolkata 700016, West Bengal, India
4- Bombay Natural History Society, Hornbill House, Shaheed Bhagat Singh Marg, Mumbai 400023, India
5- Chennai Snake Park, Rajbhavan post, Chennai 600022, Tamil Nadu, India
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We report on a topotypical specimen of the spot-tailed pit viper Trimeresurus erythrurus recorded from Sunderbans in India and a distant, southerly, range extension from Kakinada mangroves, based on preserved (n= 1, seen in 2019) and live uncollected (n= 2; seen in 2014) specimens, respectively. The specimens (n= 3) share the following characteristics: verdant green dorsum, yellow iris, white ventrolateral stripes in males, 23 midbody scale rows, 161–172 ventrals, 61–76 subcaudals, and reddish tail tip. Drawing on the published records, its apparent rarity within its type locality and lack of records from the Circar Coast of India, our study significantly adds to the knowledge of the distribution and morphology of this species. Being a medically important venomous snake, its presence in the Godavari mangrove basin calls for wider dissemination of this information among medical practitioners, in addition to fundamental researchers like academics and herpetologists.
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Received: 2020/12/26 | Accepted: 2021/01/27 | Published: 2021/07/17

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